Art Director, Chicago Tribune
When I think about who my biggest cheerleaders were in life, Mr. Price would definitely be at the top of the list. I remember I first met him my freshman year in the cafeteria at Arsenal Technical High School. I was working on a sketch when he immediately recognized my love of art and design. From there he helped me to continue to hone my talents and helped me realize that I could actually make a living as an artist. Thanks to his tutelage I won several large art awards within Indianapolis and IPS that would later propel me to major in graphic design at Ball State University. After graduating I became an art director for Ebony and Jet Magazines and the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Price definitely made a difference in my life and I am truly grateful to have been one of his students.
Screen Printer at Adidas
Hell-o Mr. Price, it’s Anthony Ross. Even after all of these years I feel I still have to call you Mr. Price. Just wanted to say hello and long-time no see. I am going to be a father soon. I just wanted to let you know that you have been an inspiration and role model to me since high school. I would not have become the man I am without your guidance and I thank you for it.
It was a privilege for me to have been lucky enough to study under Mr. Price and have him as an art teacher. His teaching style is unique. He has a gentle and positive quality about him that draws you in. I simply can’t imagine having has anyone else for an art teacher, and looking back, nor would I have wanted anyone else. I was also lucky enough to have stayed in touch with him after high school which allowed a friendship to develop. This has lasted 33 years now, and should give anyone an idea of the quality he possesses as an individual base on that length of time. I served as a consultant on his advisory council for a number of years. The fact is, when he asked me, there was no way in the world I would have ever said no, and would gladly do it all over again. Over the past 33 years, I have come to greatly respect Wendrel. I have no doubt that if you get to know him as I have, you will admire him also.
Freelance Artist, Writer
I can honestly say that knowing Mr. Wendrel Price and having him as a mentor and a teacher in the early formative years of my life has been a tremendous blessing to me. Rarely have I seen or known a more kind, gentle, thoughtful man who is in my opinion is a shining example of the sort of person that we would all do well to aspire to be like. He treated all of his students like they were his own children and always encouraged everyone to do their best and to be the best they can be. He is a Godly man who still to this day is in my thoughts and inspires me to make him proud.
High School Teacher
When I think of kindness and compassion, my mind drifts to Mr. Price. He saw a diamond in the rough and helped me to realize my full potential. I never knew how successful I could be in my artistic endeavors until I met him my freshman year at Arsenal Technical High School. He was patient in his delivery of content and firm with his expectations. He cultivated perseverance in me. His ability to teach inspired me to become an educator and try to instill that same love in my students.
Recently, I had Mr. Price in to speak with a group of young men. His presentation was inspiring! Mr. Price has great incite that comes from years of experience. He also connected to them in such way that they willingly received what he had to say. Given the opportunity to speak into young people’s lives Mr. Price will surely re-direct their path. I cannot find enough words to express the character of Mr. Price. He is the perfect example of a man making a difference.
Mr. Price has been very influential in my life, beginning when I was a 15-year old freshman at Arsenal Technical High School in his Commercial Art class. I was in his class two-and-a-half hours a day for 4 years while at Tech. During this time, our shared love of art and basketball created a connection that last to this day-more than 20 years later.
For me though, our relationship has always been about more than that. I lost my father during my freshman year at Tech. Without really knowing at the time, Mr. Price became a very strong influence in my life and I adjusted to life without my father. He was a positive role model, and a calming, steady influence, during my teenage years. He was someone I could talk to, but more importantly, someone I could look up to as an example of how to carry myself as a man.
For this I will be forever grateful to him, and he will always be an important part of my life.